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Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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Carl Bass steps down as Autodesk CEO

Carl Bass steps down as Autodesk CEO

A transition team is in place, with two senior vice presidents sharing interim leadership responsibilities. Two activist shareholders will leave the board of directors. Autodesk today announced Carl Bass will step down as president and chief executive officer, effective February 8. In a statement released to the media, Autodesk says its board of directors has […]

By February 7, 2017 Read More →
Onshape extends its 3D cloud CAD with sheet metal design

Onshape extends its 3D cloud CAD with sheet metal design

“Simultaneous Sheet Metal” technology lets users work concurrently on flat, folded and bend table representations. Onshape today released new sheet metal design capabilities for its cloud-based mechanical CAD design system. The new tools allow creation and refinement of sheet metal parts with simultaneous generation of editable, synchronized flat, folded, and tabular views. Other CAD systems […]

By February 7, 2017 Read More →
Jon Peddie Research launches new Visual Processing Unit market report

Jon Peddie Research launches new Visual Processing Unit market report

Tiny new processors are driving innovation in a wide variety of industries. Jon Peddie Research (JPR) today launched a new quarterly report covering the fast-growing Visual Processing Unit (VPU) market. VPUs are specialized processors currently capable of running 10-bit or 12-bit datasets of tens of megapixels at rates of up to 60 or 120 frames […]

By February 7, 2017 Read More →
Discovering the importance of lighting in creating immersive 3D

Discovering the importance of lighting in creating immersive 3D

Game studios are using real-time lighting to improve realism, but it will take a graphics ecosystem to take VR content to the next level. A driving goal for the visual motion arts (video, cinema, games) has always been the creation of an immersive experience. The suspension of disbelief can be engaged with compelling stories  — […]

By February 3, 2017 Read More →
Hexagon to acquire MSC Software for $834 million

Hexagon to acquire MSC Software for $834 million

MSC revenue in 2016 was below 2009 revenue.   [Editor’s note: see also our January 13, 2017 article, “MSC Software acquisition rumors flying.”] Engineering software and services conglomerate Hexagon AB today announced it will acquire MSC Software, an industry pioneer in computer-aided engineering (CAE) software. The purchase price is $834 million on “a cash and […]

By February 2, 2017 Read More →
Siemens, Bentley Systems to co-develop new utility planning and design software

Siemens, Bentley Systems to co-develop new utility planning and design software

Smart grid technology is first on the agenda. Software is reprogramming the industrial world. Siemens and Bentley Systems are taking the next step in their recently announced strategic alliance (see, “Siemens takes ownership state in Bentley via strategic alliance”) by jointly develop new products for the “accelerated digitization of planning, design, and operations for power […]

By January 31, 2017 Read More →
Managing media content in the drone’s-eye view era

Managing media content in the drone’s-eye view era

Kyno offers a new all-in-one approach to video management, designed for terabytes of data in a variety of formats. Rapidly dropping video hardware prices and a matching rise in production quality have created a democratized market for video and filmmaking. Multimedia experiences and production quality once available only to high-budget production teams is now accessible […]

By January 31, 2017 Read More →
Cospective updates remote video review solution

Cospective updates remote video review solution

CineSync 4.0 introduces additional security features and an iOS app. Video technology specialist Cospective has introduced a major update to CineSync, its Academy Award-winning cloud-based remote review and approval solution. The update includes a high-end version of the software with additional security features. CineSync has been integrated into the workflow of several recent feature films […]

By January 30, 2017 Read More →
Microsoft acquires Simplygon 3D optimization technology

Microsoft acquires Simplygon 3D optimization technology

Designed to slim down AAA game models, the tech may find its way into the new drivers for 3D printing. Microsoft has acquired Swedish-based Donya Labs, developers of Simplygon, software widely used in the game industry to optimize models — which generally means to make them use less processing and storage. The process is also […]

By January 27, 2017 Read More →
Eurocom delivers new mobile “super server”

Eurocom delivers new mobile “super server”

Engineering teams who need cloud technology in a portable, secure package are among the target market.   Eurocom has launched a new mobile server powerful enough to serve as a portable private cloud server. The Tornado F5 SE Mobile Server is powered by Intel Xeon E5 1200 V5 series CPUs, and comes with up to […]

By January 26, 2017 Read More →